Day 453 -That Poweful PortraitΒ 


All done but the signing.

Professor Al said it was PoWeRfUL?!! πŸ˜‹πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»   Did I say hurrah?! That’s a major statement coming from Al Beyer. Maybe I should do more self portraits.  After all we are out cheapest model!!  

 The start – like a contour drawing. No exactness. 
 Have to say it really doesn’t look a lot like me but I wasn’t striving for a likeness. I was actually pushing it to the dark side. My hair was wild which usually it’s a lot calmer. I fluffed it up for the photo. Beethoven has nothing on me. 

  Underway using complimentary colors. 

My nose is nowhere near that long but the slash of white was fun. As was darkening the smile lines and the bags under the eyes. 

 Time for the background

 Also great fun adding zings of red and green here and there.  A lot of the red was done with the end of my paint brush dipped in the cad red light. All the purple was made with alizarin and phtalo blue. You can’t get a nice purple with phtalo blue and cad red. You get more of a brown. Not what I had in mind. 

  Oops lost the hair on the right

One more note. This was painted with large hog bristle brushes-flats 10&12 and slashes with a 6. 

Next up a 32×48″ painting of ta da.  Drum roll please!!  

I made my sister pose for me when she was baking Friday. Should be interesting. Largest thing I have painted in years. 

And darn. I left my Inktober sketchbook in the car yesterday. Duh!! 

Report from the Savannah.  

 The river is up from all the rain in the upstate but the rain is gone and the sun is out!!  All is good in the CSRA!

Up tomorrow – catching up on Inktober. Actually two sketches in the car. Color me too lazy to run down stairs and get them when I am leaving anyway in a bit. My house is on stilts like a beach house so LOTS of stairs. Three stories of them. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret glad to have survived the eminent doom of a catastrophic flood!! Nope Noah never showed up!!

XXX M on the Savannah River